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Block data connection on 3G

2617 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Dec 1, 2008 8:49 AM by randy8080 RSS
TurtleGSR Calculating status...
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Nov 25, 2008 3:26 AM
i would like to know if there is a possibility to set iPhone to connect and use data connection only if connected to 3G network, not EDGE or GPRS.

I'm in italy with 3 ITA 3G networks and all traffic generated in 3 ITA 3G network are in my contract, all data traffic generated in GPRS or EDGE network are payed.

because some time in some localtion 3 ITA 3G is not present and my iPhone switch to TIM network in EDGE technology i pay data connection in this location.

I need to block data connection if my iphone is not connected to 3G network...
i think this is a festured commom for all worldwide 3 network users.

Thanks
Marco
iMAC 24"-iPhone-aTV, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • richietv Calculating status...
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    Nov 25, 2008 3:56 AM (in response to TurtleGSR)
    hi marco,

    great question i have the same problem but in australia! i still havent found a solution!! Ill be watching this thread!
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • @Tom Calculating status...
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    Nov 25, 2008 4:03 AM (in response to TurtleGSR)
    Hi marco

    have u tried going onto settings>general>network> and turn off data roaming

    hope this helps might be worth a try.

    good luck mate
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  • richietv Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 25, 2008 4:28 AM (in response to @Tom)
    hi tom,

    this only works for international. This roaming is on partner networks in one country...

    cheers
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • imagine engine Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)
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    Nov 26, 2008 6:49 PM (in response to TurtleGSR)
    By default all GSM cellphones are set by the manufacturer to search for any available GSM tower, no matter if it's with your wireless carrier or not. So to avoid roaming charges you can either contact your wireless carrier to add a block on roaming or in the iPhone menu "Settings/Network Selection" change from Automatic to Manual by selecting your carrier (ie: Rogers, AT&T, O2, etc). Note: The data roaming block on the iPhone is only to stop data while roaming on a different carrier network. It doesn't stop you from incurring SMS or voice minute charges while roaming. This is why changing the carrier selection from Automatic to one specific carrier is your best solution.
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  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    Nov 26, 2008 7:08 PM (in response to TurtleGSR)
    Like most 3G phones, the iPhone looks for 3G first and if 3G is not available it reverts to Edge or GPRS. You could try contacting your carrier and see if they can disable Edge or GPRS transmission to your phone.
    MacBook , Mini, Airport Express, iPhone 3G x 2, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • imagine engine Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)
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    Nov 26, 2008 7:44 PM (in response to TurtleGSR)
    Sorry before I could edit another post was submitted. To change the network carrier go into "Settings/Carrier/Network Selection".
    MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5), SOHO: Maya, FCS 2, iLife, iWork, Office, TC, iPhone 3G 16 GB
  • richietv Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 26, 2008 8:31 PM (in response to imagine engine)
    Hi All,

    In Australia "Three"(name of network) Coverage is average to say the least, and if i lock it to "Three" in the network settings i can only use the phone in certain locations. Their partner Telstra (iPhone says Roaming when it switches) covers their black-spots reasonably well for them, but the data costs whilst "Roaming" on Telstra are $1.65 a MegaByte. If there was a way to set "Data Roaming" to the primary carrier only that would be great!!!

    This issue is quiet prevalent, if Apple is listening and there is not a fix - if there is a way to choose Carrier for Voice and Carrier for Data that would be great, or a switch to turn off Data Roaming on local (same country) networks.

    thanks
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,270 points)
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    Nov 26, 2008 8:32 PM (in response to richietv)
    Good suggestion. Tell Apple:


    http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html
    powerbook g4, iMac 20, Mac OS X (10.5.1), airport express, iphone, ipod, ipod touch
  • randy8080 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 1, 2008 8:21 AM (in response to imagine engine)
    Hello, right now am connected to AT&T's network, but I cannot find that Setting/Carrier/Network Selection to make sure it is set to Automatic

    I have an iPhone3G with firmware 2.2 installed.
    Please help!
    iPhone 3G
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    Dec 1, 2008 8:40 AM (in response to randy8080)
    If you are in the US using a US iPhone, you don't see that option.
    MacBook , Mini, Airport Express, iPhone 3G x 2, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • randy8080 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 1, 2008 8:49 AM (in response to Tamara)
    Great, thank you for all your help!

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